Target: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
Goal: Provide greater protection for pets that are transported via airplane.
Pets are increasingly being subjected to air travel and some airlines have been better than others at ensuring they are properly cared for. It is not uncommon for pets to suffer or die during travel because of extreme temperatures, inadequate ventilation, low oxygen levels or rough handling. Fortunately, the Department of Transportation seeks to improve conditions for pets on planes with its proposal of strengthened regulations for the airline industry. In order to keep innocent animals from harm during travel, these regulations must be passed.
The DOT’s proposed rule would require 36 airlines to report companion animal incidents in their cargo holds. As it stands now, only 15 airlines are subjected to this rule. The airlines would also have to provide other statistics, including deaths, injuries, lost animals, and total number of animals carried each year.
With the advent of the internet, animals are increasingly being shipped via airplane from inhumane commercial breeding facilities, known as puppy mills. The new rule would, for the first time, cover cats and dogs being shipped for commercial sale. Cats and dogs used for experimentation would also be covered.
“Requiring stronger reporting requirements of airline carriers will force carriers to better handle animals during transport, providing the oversight needed. It would also give consumers clarity when choosing an animal friendly airline, and travelers would be able to compare carriers’ rates of animal deaths and injuries,” says Inga Fricke, director of sheltering and pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States.
Pet injuries and deaths from mishandling on airplanes are an all-too-common occurrence. The DOT’s proposed rule changes would allow for more transparency in the airline industry’s treatment of animals, and would allow consumers to make informed decisions about shipping a pet. Urge the DOT to enact the proposed legislation to ensure the humane treatment of pets on planes.
Dear Mr. LaHood,
Your action to propose strengthened regulations for pets shipped via airplane is commendable. Consumers are growing increasingly concerned about the treatment of pets by airlines and more protections are needed to ensure their humane handling.
Sadly, it is not uncommon for pets to suffer or die during air travel because of extreme temperatures, inadequate ventilation, low oxygen levels or rough handling. The proposed regulations would increase the number of airlines required to report companion animal incidents, providing greater transparency for consumers regarding which airlines are safest for pets.
In order to protect the lives of countless four legged friends, please enact these important regulations as soon as possible.
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